Blogging is becoming increasingly popular. Today you can find blogs on everything from education to cats.  So it was imminent that it would infiltrate the classroom. Blogging can be beneficial in many ways by helping students work on their writing skills. Like Jordi mentioned in the first class, nothing that is worth reading is only going to be read by one person. It encourages competition within the students to perform their best work, as they know their peers will be reading. Also with commenting available they will be able to critique each other’s work and learn from each other’s mistakes. It can lead to a better learning environment as conversations can spark new ideas. By schools accepting social media it opens a new venue for which learning can be encouraged outside the classroom.

Negatively it does make it easier for students to not do the proper research. Students with their peers writing assignment right in front of them may pick parts from everyone else’s paper and create their paper without doing the research.

If the school used a public blog like WordPress it creates a public portfolio of your works. Depending on how well you write it could be beneficial, as it gives universities a new criterion for the application process.  Universities might instead of having essays, insist students submit their best two or three works. If you aren’t a strong writer it could also negatively affect you, as your work are all public. Also a question for high school students is maturity, and if an individual writes a negative post it could remain on the Internet forever, which isn’t something a high school student is thinking about when they are writing.

I believe that blogging is definitely a positive for schools as it encourages a public forum for writing. It also encourages the writer to perform their best as your peers view it. It will be interesting to see how blogging is integrated in our futures.

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9 responses »

  1. hannahglos says:

    I might have to disagree slightly on why you think blogging can affect individuals in a negative way. You said that it can have a negative affect on a weak writer because all of their work is public, but in my opinion, because all of their work is public it will actually make the individuals writing stronger. If they know that their writing is weak and that others are going to see it, there would be more incentive to put more time and effort into it so that their writing skills improve. Most people don’t want their work criticized for everyone to see so before they publish their writing on a blog, they are going to attempt to make it their best work.

    • idalbello says:

      I definitely agree with you that blogging can help develop weaker writers as they want to perform their best in front of their peers. For it being a disadvantage lies in the fact that their name and work is now open to the public. Say the student is trying to apply to a prestigious university and his GPA and SAT are great but they look up their high schools blog and find them. They might not accept them for the mere fact that they were not the best of writer in the past, which isn’t fair to the student if they are showing improvement.

  2. Cheryl says:

    I do agree with the point you raise on how blogs might give students less incentives to perform proper research. I do have several friends who own active blogs on wordpress and have had their works stolen by other people with being credited for it. They did not find out about that, until those people who took their works actually tried posting those works on facebook in the form of Notes, or even went as far as publishing them on a teen magazine, of course, without any permission from the real authors. My friends who own the blogs were, of course, really angry, and gradually become discouraged from continuing to blog. However, at the same time, I think all the positive aspects that blogging can bring are able to offset that one negative aspect. Sometimes, having your works stolen by other people means that your works have to be quite good, so in some way, it does give authors a sense of how their writings are; and I think there will be ways to prevent your works from being stolen by maybe making your blog friends only. Blogging can make a very interactive academic environment for students to improve confidence in their writing skills.

    • Jordi says:

      Your friends might want to check out the creative commons license. Google it.

      What kinds of materials would be “stolen”? I am just curious.

  3. Jordi says:

    I don’t follow your concern about people over “borrowing” from each other. You mean on blog posts? Or, on papers?

    • idalbello says:

      What I meant by the “borrowing” aspect is that say there is a assignment and the students need to do some research on a specific subject, a lazier student might wait until several of his classmates post and then take the better parts from the other posts and configure his own, without actually doing the proper research.

      • Jordi says:

        Sure, but is that relevant to how we are using the blog here? Like, if you repeated someone else’s post, we would all read it and know you were being, um, “lazy.”

        Now, I suppose it is true if I had you blog about your papers, and then some student from ANOTHER university copied your work without attributing it to you. But, if someone from Lafayette quoted you in their won paper, is that a problem?

    • idalbello says:

      If someone from Lafayette quoted me then their wouldn’t be a problem at all. That would be probably an ideal system. If everyone had a blog and posted about subjects they were knowledgeable about. As this research grew through the years you would have a enormous database with fairly quality work.

  4. Zach says:

    You make some valid points about overall privacy of information on the internet. Nothing you do or say on the internet is truly erasable. Chances are, its hanging around the internet somewhere. While these all may be considered bad things, the internet is only becoming more prevalent in our every day lives. I see it becoming just as valuable as learning english one day (probably pretty soon). Bringing blogs into the classroom will allow young students to learn more about the internet, how it works, and how it can be used as an effective tool in their education.

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